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Greening Public Buildings
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Greening Public Buildings

One major green building and energy efficiency strategy is to accelerate action in the sectors poised to move quickly. Such accelerated action within select portfolios has multiple benefits. It results in quicker emissions reductions, helps develop greater expertise in fields that can expand into the broader arena and generates public examples from which others can learn, demonstrating what is possible.

Given these benefits, the City started with transforming its own buildings. With a vast portfolio of public buildings, sewage treatment plants, fleets and streetlights, City government operations generate some 6.5 percent of the entire city's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The following are some examples of how the City is leading by example.

LEED® Law (Local Law 86)
The City targeted its facilities as an early opportunity for exploring green building strategies by embarking on several pilot projects, setting the stage for the passage of LEED® Law (Local Law 86), which requires most new City government building projects and renovations to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.

Specific Implementation
In addition to the overarching policies described above, the City has implemented a number of programs and initiatives to green City buildings, such as Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Sustainable Civic Buildings, Sustainable Housing and Sustainable Schools.
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